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SPECIAL INVITATION: North and South: Insights into Population Trends and the Economic Implications of the Demographic Composition - ONLINE ONLY


From: Thursday September 7, 2023, 12:30 pm

To: Thursday September 7, 2023, 2:00 pm

Understanding the economic implications underlying demographic trends is crucial for shaping economic policies associated with growing the economy, increasing workforce participation, and developing workforce capability to meet projected population needs. This is a special webinar to celebrate WEN SA’s collaboration with WEN’s NT counterpart.

All members and supporters of the Economic Society of Australia (ESA) and Women in Economics Network (WEN) are warmly invited to an unpacking of the demographic trends in SA and NT and what they mean for planning the future economy. This special online webinar is organised by the South Australian and Northern Territory Branches of WEN. Both men and women are welcome to attend. The event is open to the public.

This event will be held online on 7th September 2023 at 12:30 pm AEST and will include presentations by Dr. Tania Dey, Co-Chair WEN (SA), Manager, BDO EconSearch, and Fiona Shalley, Research Associate, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University. The event will be moderated by Associate Professor Duygu Yengin, Co-Chair WEN (SA), University of Adelaide and Dr Maneka Jayasinghe, Chair WEN (NT), Senior Lecturer, Charles Darwin University.

About WEN

The Women in Economics Network aims to promote and support the careers of female economists and foster greater gender equality and inclusion within the economics profession in Australia. If you would like to show your support for WEN, we invite you to consider joining or renewing your membership. To check your membership status, log in to the ESA portal to ensure your membership is current and tick the WEN box in My Profile.

About The Speakers

Fiona Shalley is a Research Associate working with the Demography and Growth Planning team at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University (CDU). With an extensive career in the Australia Bureau of Statistics, she developed a keen interest in data on population trends and identity demography focused on minority populations and place-based identity. As part of the small demography team at CDU, she contributes to applied research on the causes and consequences of population change, with an emphasis on the Northern Territorian and the north of Australia with relevance to other sparsely populated areas. Her current project work covers topics including population indicators of well-being, the construction of indexes on social capital, and the recognition of place-based nuance for reporting on measures of progress.




Dr Tania Dey is a Manager at BDO EconSearch. She is an Applied Economist experienced in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and analysis using her extensive formal training and knowledge of economics, relevant legislation, and regulatory arrangements in various jurisdictions in Australia and overseas. She is currently doing economic analysis in areas such as environment, health care, agribusiness, travel and tourism, migration, etc. Before joining EconSearch, Tania worked as an Economist at the University of Adelaide and as a Regulatory Analyst at the Essential Services Commission of South Australia. Tania is experienced in macroeconomic issues, energy economics, labour market issues, economic evaluation using impact assessment and cost-benefit analysis, public policy and regional development.



 About The Moderators


Dr. Maneka Jayasinghe is the Head of Business and Accounting and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Faculty of Arts and Society at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia. She has also previously worked at Griffith University (Australia) and UNICEF (Sri Lanka). She was educated at Griffith University (Australia), the National University of Singapore (Singapore), and the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka). She is an Applied Economist, and her research focuses on gender and well-being, multidimensional poverty and inequality, consumer demand analysis, and tourism analysis. She is currently the Chair of NT WEN.





Associate Professor Duygu Yengin is an expert in microeconomic theory and joined the School of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Adelaide after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 2007. She has taken roles as Interim and Deputy Head of School and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion. She specializes in using game theory, mathematical economics, bargaining theory, auction and market design, and fair allocation to develop models and solutions for various issues such as land sales, compulsory acquisitions, law and economics, sustainability, trust in negotiations, equitable allocation of resources, and gender economics. She is a co-founder and Research, Resources and Data Manager of National WEN. She is an active promoter of women in economics and has written in the Conversation, VoxEU, and Advertiser and presented in public talks. 





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